What is a Cohort?
In the Doctor of Ministry program, a cohort is a participant group which is intentionally formed and whose members move through the program together. Examples are a group of church leaders from a particular country or region with similar interests in professional growth who receive modules together and progress as a group to complete a specific concentration, or a group of pastors who wish to do a concentration in evangelism and church growth; they begin together and move through a certain sequence of modules. Be certain to clear all intensive dates for the four-year program given for your cohort as you begin. All intensives within the modules for a cohort are required.
Cohort formation has many advantages. You develop friendships, receive support, and are given some accountability within your group. The quality of the work you do in your project will likely be enhanced by the ideas and feedback from your cohort.
Who takes the initiative to form a cohort? Often the program does. But you may also contact the program office with a request for a cohort and we will help you develop the group if possible.
Cohorts are available for these concentrations:
- Chaplaincy - Two tracks are offered: one designed to meet the needs of those in educational, correctional, and military chaplaincy, and another track especially for those engaged in health care chaplaincy.
- Discipleship and Biblical Spirituality
- Evangelism and Church Growth
- Family Ministry
- Millennial Church
- Missional Church: A Biblical Response to Mission in Western Culture
- Organizational Leadership
- Pastoral Ministry (Korean)
- Pastoral Ministry (Spanish)
- Urban Ministry
- Youth and Young Adult Ministry
If I change cohorts will I have to repeat required courses or modules?
Yes. Your educational experience is largely an outcome of relational learning dynamics with your cohort and group. For that reason you are required to go through the entire program with your cohort. Although you must attend the intensives, you will not be registered for modules you completed at an earlier date if you received a grade of B or better. However, you must do any reading assignments not included in the earlier module, and resubmit your project chapter as required during that module. All assignments for GSEM790 will be required to be submitted. If you have taken a module at an earlier date, but did not receive a B or better, you must be registered and pay current tuition rates. A module may be repeated only once in this manner.
If I change cohorts will I have to pay a second time for the same required course or module?
You do not have to pay twice for the same module, assuming a grade of B or better was earned.
May I substitute a module from a different concentration and continue in my concentration?
No, since the educational experience includes the relational contracts with your cohort and work group, you may not make such substitutions. You are able to attend other intensives as a guest once you have completed 26 credits.
What happens if I miss an intensive for my cohort?
Intensives are required and the dates are announced long before you enroll for the program. You are required to attend each intensive, and no absences are granted. If you should become seriously ill or a member of your immediate household is hospitalized requiring your attention, you may speak to your lead faculty and request approval to do further study to make up for limited contact time lost in the intensive. You will be required to fulfill the usual assignments for that module in your cohort, as arranged. Your lead faculty may suggest an independent study registration if several days of an intensive are missed. Independent study credits are limited in the program.